Do You Need Planning Permission For A Garden Room?

There are many things that you need to consider when you’ve made the great decision to get a garden room for your home – but one question on many people’s lips is around planning permission. Do you need to have planning permission in place in order to install your dream garden room? Read on to find out!
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Garden Rooms and Planning Permissions

Well done on making the choice to have your very own garden room installed! Not only do garden rooms look spectacular, but they also come with a wide range of benefits, including additional living space, seamless indoor – outdoor living, increased property value, and a peaceful outdoor escape.

Now that you’ve made the decision to go ahead with your garden room, you may be wondering if you require any kind of planning permission to go ahead. You’ll be glad to know that in the vast majority of garden room installations, planning permission is not required to go ahead.

Do I Need Planning Permission for My Garden Room?

In most cases, no. You won’t need any kind of planning permission in order to have your garden room installed. This is because garden rooms are typically considered “permitted development” in many countries, including the UK, as long as they meet certain criteria.

The good news for most people is that this means their garden room can go ahead without any further delay that planning permission would cause.

What Criteria Does My Garden Room Need to Meet?

Your garden room will most likely be classed as an “outbuilding” in most cases, as long as it meets certain criteria. Read below to find out what criteria this involves :

1.) Size: Essentially, your garden room must not exceed a certain size limit. This is typically measured in square or cubic meters. It’s important to note that this size limit varies depending on location, so it’s important to check with your local planning authority for specific sizes

2.) Height: There are often restrictions on the height of the garden room, especially if it is situated close to the boundary of your property. Again, these restrictions can vary, so it’s crucial to consult your local planning office.

3.) Location: The garden room should not be located forward of the principal elevation of your house (the front of your house that faces the road) unless you have planning permission.

4.) Land use: The garden room should be used for purposes that are ancillary to the main use of the dwelling, such as a home office, gym, or hobby space. It should not be used as a separate dwelling or for commercial purposes.

5.) Conservation areas, listed buildings, and other special designations: If your property is located in a conservation area, is a listed building, or has other special designations, additional restrictions may apply. It’s essential to consult with your local planning authority to understand any specific requirements.

6.) Design: The design of the garden room should be in harmony with your existing property and not have an adverse impact on the surrounding area. This includes considerations such as materials used, roof design, and overall aesthetics.

What is also very important to note, is that these regulations can change and vary depending on location, so it’s always a good idea to check with your local planning authority, or consult a professional architect (or planner) to ensure full compliance with current garden room rules and regulations before you proceed with your garden room installation.

Garden Rooms for Leisure and Planning Permissions

Planning permissions for garden rooms used for leisure, such as for relaxation, hobbies, or entertainment, can vary depending on your location and the specific regulations in your area. However, here are some general considerations when it comes to obtaining planning permission for leisure garden rooms.

It’s essential to consult with your local planning authority or a professional architect/planner to determine the specific regulations and requirements that apply to your leisure garden room project. Failing to obtain the necessary planning permission when required can lead to legal issues and the potential need to dismantle or modify your garden room in the future, so it’s crucial to ensure compliance with local regulations.

If you need any kind of advice, or are unsure about what permissions you may require for your garden room, Aroha Escapes are here to help.

Garden Rooms With Water Works

When it comes to garden rooms with water works, such as those designed for baths, swimming pools, hot tubs, saunas, or similar amenities, the planning permissions and regulations can become more complex due to safety, environmental, and structural considerations. This is because garden rooms with water supply can pose safety risks if not designed and maintained properly. Authorities want to ensure that swimming pools, for example, have adequate safety measures in place, such as fencing to prevent accidents, especially involving children. They also want to ensure that water quality is maintained to prevent health hazards.

Garden rooms with water works can introduce additional layers of complexity and regulation due to safety, environmental, and structural considerations. Proper planning, consultation with local authorities, and professional guidance are essential to ensure that your project meets all necessary planning permissions and regulations.

Choose Aroha Escapes for Your Garden Room Needs

In need of a stunning garden room, or just looking for some advice? The frendly team at Aroha Escapes can help. Get in touch with us today to see how we can help you transform your outdoor living space.

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